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May 25, 2019 / barton smock

Ohio deaths (xxvii)

I am seven
maybe eight
and some boys
are counting
the holes
in my shirt
and asking
if I bite
I tell them
what I love
and that I’m studying
the poor (that I can talk
underwater
but it doesn’t
help
there is always
a book
that poverty
pretends
to read (a lake
that hates
my shadow

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